Avrils Tale Sk8er Boi Meets Girl Optioned
Avril Lavigne's 'Sk8er Boi' may soon be shredding the silver screen.
Paramount Pictures has optioned the Let Go hit for a feature film, according to Lavigne's publicist. Writer David Zabel, whose previous television credits include work for 'ER,' 'Jag' and 'Dark Angel,' will translate the song's lyrics into a full-length movie, and MTV Films and Alphaville will produce the prospective flick, according to industry trade The Hollywood Reporter.
The second single from 2002's 5 million-selling Let Go traces the disparate paths of two high school students: a preppy girl who 'does ballet' and the song's namesake, a punk who wears baggy clothes. From the start, the girl's friends won't accept her suitor because of his looks, but years later, when our sk8er boi hero is 'rockin' up MTV,' she regrets the one she let get away.
The film, also expected to be called 'Sk8er Boi,' will follow a similar though more dramatic plotline.
Songwriting trio the Matrix, who co-wrote 'Sk8er Boi' as well as Jason Mraz's 'The Remedy (I Won't Worry),' will serve as consultants on the screenplay and oversee the film's soundtrack.
The team — Scott Spock, Lauren Christy and Graham Edwards — has also worked on Britney Spears' forthcoming album (see 'Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne Fall Into The Matrix' ).
Production companies option books, plays or songs when they're interested in turning the work into a film. Optioning gives them time to raise money, develop a screenplay and cast the actors. Should a contract to produce the film not emerge by a set deadline, the optioned work goes back on the market, perhaps to be picked up by another studio.